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NASA Moon Rocket on Track for Launch Despite Lightning Hits

The NASA moon rocket ready for launch on Pad 39B for the Artemis 1 mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Aug. 27.

The NASA moon rocket ready for launch on Pad 39B for the Artemis 1 mission at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Aug. 27.

Photographer: John Raoux/AP Photo

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Cape Canaveral, Fla. (AP) -- NASA’s new moon rocket remained on track to blast off on a crucial test flight Monday, despite a series of lightning strikes at the launch pad.

The 322-foot (98-meter) Space Launch System rocket is the most powerful ever built by NASA. It’s poised to send an empty crew capsule into lunar orbit, a half-century after NASA’s Apollo program, which landed 12 astronauts on the moon.